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The National Assembly for Wales’ Equalities, Local Government and Communities Committee has published a report following a detailed inquiry into how the Blue Badge Scheme is working in Wales.

Read the report

Current arrangements

In 2015, the Welsh Government introduced new eligibility criteria which meant that many autistic people were able to apply and receive a Blue Badge for the first time. However, many autistic people and their families tell us they continue to face difficulty in accessing the scheme.

Our charity provided evidence to the Committee, raising a number of concerns around how the scheme is implemented in Wales and suggesting a number of changes that would make the scheme work better for autistic people.

We are glad that the Committee have acknowledged our suggestions, and is recommending that the Welsh Government:

  • Publish statutory guidance outlining how the blue scheme should be administered
  • Establish a national formal appeals process
  • Enable those with a life-long condition, such as autism, to renew their badge automatically;
  • Ensures that those making assessments for Blue Badges undergo training to understand and apply the social model of disability
  • Undertake a review to consider whether there are other categories of people who should automatically qualify.

Next steps

The next step is for the Welsh Government to respond to this report and indicate if it will accept the Committee’s recommendations.

Samuel Stone, External Affairs Officer at the National Autistic Society Cymru, said:

"We are grateful to the Committee for acknowledging the particular difficulties that autistic people and their families can face when trying to get a Blue Badge."

A Blue Badge can be a lifeline for many autistic people and it can help them to go out and about in ways other people take for granted.

"We urge the Welsh Government to accept these recommendations and continue to lead the way in developing a Blue Badge scheme that works for autistic people in Wales."

Watch our evidence session and read our written evidence